RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Bob Kerrey and racial segregation at UNL

Bob Kerrey, when he served on the University of Nebraska's Student Council, spoke and voted against a resolution urging student organizations at UNL to delete racial restrictions from their constitutions. The vote was 27:8 in favor, so Bob voted with a small minority.
Speaking against the resolution, Bob Kerrey cited Negro apathy as a justification for the Council's not taking action. Kerrey quoted one Negro in the report as saying "It doesn't bother me if they don't like me because of the color of my skin, as long as they don't say so to my face." Two Negro students spoke to the Council in behalf of the resolution.
There was at least one fraternity at UNL in 1965 that explicitly barred African Americans.

1 comment:

  1. Gerard, Bob Kerrey also stated, ""We have not said a thing today; we have taken half a loaf because we were afraid we couldn't get a whole loaf. We have merely cleared our consciences."
    Could this have been a response to WHY he voted against the resolution, one that was drafted by Larry Frolick, based on his personal feelings, rather than on the incomplete study produced by the committee he chaired? Could Mr. Kerrey have been indicating that he would prefer to have a more mature resolution drafted at a later time? I believe so.